Vigil for Peace in Ukraine


We want to thank everyone who came to the Vigil.

Even though it was a cold windy day on March 20th,

the Vigil had a good turnout of people

with signs and wearing blue and yellow.

We had a few speakers and then 2 minutes of silence to focus on the Ukranian situation. We then sang the lines “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” Then we all walked to Terminal Street and got a lot of support from drivers passing by.

Thank you to Sheila Malcolmson MLA and Lisa Marie Barrons MP
for attending with encouraging words.

Thank you to Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin for the article and photographs in the Nanaimo Bulletin.

Community members in Nanaimo call for end to war in Ukraine

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau about purchase of combat planes.

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

We are very concerned that in the midst of this pandemic that you are considering spending $19 billion on the purchase of 88 combat planes.

These fighter jets are incredibly expensive to maintain costing $15,000 an hour to run and leaving a huge carbon footprint.

They will not protect Canada but will be used to further destabilize the world.
We urge you to change the direction of this government to focus, not on war, but on peace. We urge you to take the following steps:
Cancel the call for new fighter jets

Sign the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Find ways to work towards peace within NATO or leave NATO.

We do not need to belong to a military alliance that has shown itself to be aggressive and provocative, bombing Serbia, Libya, Syria and Iran, and now engaging in provocative actions near Russia’s borders.

Direct funds from the military budget to ensure that primary needs of Canadians are being met, needs like
good health, clean water and shelter. Canada’s military budget is the 14th highest in the world and 4th highest within NATO.

Appoint an Ambassador of Disarmament to the United Nations.

Set up a Department of Peace. Ensure that any defence procurement has a gender-based analysis.

Yours truly,
Dyane Brown
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Nanaimo Branch